The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has once again announced the winners of its yearly competition, and its 2021 honorees are the definition of breathtaking:This moving photo that the judges named the competition’s First Place winner.
This incredible shot of a baby emerging from their mother won Best In Category: Birth Details.
This emotional capture of a mother embracing her newly born baby won Best In Category: Delivery.
This image of a mother breastfeeding her new baby won Best In Category: Fresh 48.
This shot of a woman minutes away from delivering won Best In Category: Labor.
And this photo of a mother, her baby, and her placenta in a bowl won Best In Category: Postpartum.
In addition to the judges’ selections, the association’s members recognized these standouts:
This intimate moment of a laboring woman being supported by her partner won Members’ Choice Best In Category: Labor.
This moment of calm was selected as The Members’ Best In Category: Delivery.
And this photo of a mother breastfeeding her new baby was named The Members’ Choice Best In Category: Fresh 48.
Also incredible? The contest’s honorable mentions, like this photo of a baby born en caul (still in the amniotic sac).
This photo of a mother breastfeeding her new twin babies.
And this photo of a baby entering the world.
This amazing capture of a woman with lots of support giving birth.
This touching photo of three generations celebrating the new arrival.
This shot of a mother expressing colostrum (the differently-colored milk a mother produces after first giving birth) for her newborn.
This impressive overhead photo of a woman laboring with support from her partner.
And this awe-inspiring photo of a mother mid-water birth.
This beautiful photo of a mother and her mini getting acquainted with each other.
And lastly, this amazing photo of a mother holding her baby just seconds after welcoming them into the world.
Want to see more amazing birth photos? Check out all of the competition’s entries.
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